ENGL 103W-D100 Burnaby INTRODUCTION TO DRAMA Fall 2014 Instructor: Alessandra Capperdoni Lectures: Thursdays 10:30 – 12:20am SUR 5100 Contact: [email protected] Office hours: Thu 1:30 – 3:20 SUR 5165 This course introduces students to the study of drama as literature (texts to be read), live performance and collaborative genre (theatre). We will focus on a broad range of plays (from ancient Greece and Shakespeare to modern realism and avant-garde experimentation) and discuss how they contributed to the changing understanding of drama throughout history and why they continue to resonate with modern audiences. Our approach to drama will be dynamic. Lectures will provide students with the historical and social context of the plays but will also include discussions of structure, form, action, and the role of theatre in culture. Tutorials will focus on students’ discussion and close -reading of the plays but will also provide an important space for the development of your essay writing skills. Writing assignments and in-class work will help students learn to think and write effectively about literature. In addition, the class will attend one theatrical production in Vancouver and will also engage in the writing and staging of a one-act play as part of group work. REQUIRED TEXTS: Aeschylus, Agamemnon Penguin, 1984 Sophocles, Oedipus the King Penguin, 1984 Shakespeare, King Lear Arden, 2009 Ibsen, Ghosts Oberon Classics, 2014 Anton Chekhov, The Three Sisters Dover, 1993 Bertolt Brecht, Mother Courage and Her Children Methuen, 2010 Harold Pinter, The Birthday Party Grove, 1994 Michael Redhill, Goodness Coach House, 2005 Wajdi Mouawad, Scorched Playwrights Canada, 2011 COURSE REQUIREMENTS: Attendance and participation 15% (includes blog, group work and in-class assignments) First essay (5 pages first draft 10% - and re-writing 6-7 pages 15%) 25% Final essay (6-7 pages) 20% Critical review 10% Final exam 30% Note : Cellphones will not be allowed in class. To receive credit for this course, students must complete all requirements.
2 LEARNING OUTCOMES At the end of the course, students will be able to demonstrate their proficiency in the following activities: 1. Read and analyze drama texts with respect to drama conventions and performance. 2. Place texts in their historical and cultural context. 3. Analyze the ways in which playwrights have addressed questions about political and social relations through the genre of drama.